Maxine Thévenot is among the foremost artists of her generation, hailed across North America and Europe for her skillful, musical playing, and inventive programming. Her recital career has taken her throughout Great Britain and North America and to many major European venues and music festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Maxine’s upcoming 2022 – 2023 performance schedule includes solo recitals; collaborative projects including the New Mexican premiere of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Voiceless Mass, by Diné composer and sound installation artist, Raven Chacon; guest conducting, and national and international choir tours as part of the AGO Tulsa Regional Convention and choir residencies at Rochester and Canterbury Cathedrals in the UK.
Dr. Thévenot has been a featured performer and lecturer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists over the past 30 years. She serves as a competition jury member and examiner for the American Guild of Organists and on the editorial board of the Association of Anglican Musicians. First-prize winner of the 2000 Canada Bach National Organ Competition, Maxine has also broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and Pipedreams.
Maxine is Canon Precentor, Director of Cathedral Music & Organist at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, NM. She is also the Artistic Director of an extensive community outreach ministry, Friends of Cathedral Music.
A highly sought-after and regarded choral conductor, chorus master, and guest clinician, Dr. Maxine Thévenot is the Founding and Artistic Director of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, the state’s first professional, resident vocal ensemble, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico, where she now teaches pipe organ. Recognized for her excellence as a recording artist, Maxine has released 17 well-received CDs on Raven CD.
A member of the duo Air & Hammers she concertizes with her husband, acclaimed English baritone Edmund Connolly specializing in programs that combine song repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries with new works by living composers. A published composer with Paraclete Press, her compositions include introits, psalm chants, and a frequently-performed setting of the Preces & Responses.
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Maxine Thévenot received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan (with Distinction); and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. At Manhattan School of Music, she was twice awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for ‘outstanding ability in organ performance’. Maxine is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, UK in 2006 for her “services to music.”
In her spare time Maxine seeks the spiritual in nature through the mediums of walking, hiking, kayaking, and SCUBA diving.